Flipboard: Using and sharing in education

There are many people using Flipboard already and they are great fans so I have just decided to give it a try.

It was originally designed as a social network aggregation, magazine-format app for iPad in 2010.  Today is has become a  popular magazine-like content aggrregator apps for a variety of devices (iOS, Android, Kindle and others). You can even read Flipboard magazines in your web browser.

It is easy to set up . You simply pick a few categories you’re interested in,  add your favorite news sources, reading matter and Youtube videos and bring across any social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Flipboard can connect it all together and makes it easy to curate the things that matter to you into your Flipboard magazine.  Each “tile” on the Flipboard dashboard represents a different subscription.  The thumbnail image on the “tile” changes as the content is updated. Tapping on a tile will open up the subscription for you to view the content.

It is easy to get started but Sue Waters (The Edublogger) has created a great step-by-step guide.

This is a tool that I can envisage being used in a number of ways by teachers and students.

Teachers could create a magazine for their students, whereby they “flip” all the articles, resources, etc they want students to access into the magazine which the students subscribe to. This could also be a ways of sharing professional learning materials between teaching colleagues, with all having access to add content. (This is the way i hope to begin  using it.)

Students could create a resource that they could add content to create a “textbook”.  An entire class could have access to a magazine, allowing all the students to add to the “textbook” thus creating a  very rich resource about a given topic or subject.

I am sure that there ae many more ways people are using this tool but its a start.

 

What are the top Educational Technology Trends?

The following infographic is worth a look and it is only a snapshot it could lead on to more discussions about what the data actually means to particular situations.
The Menco company has developed in China and seems to be interested in many aspects of education. The people involved who are listed have interesting educational histories. Their rationale:
We asked over 100 European and North American teachers to rate their interest in today’s Educational Technology trends. With the coming launch of menco.io, you’ll be able to explore these trends and more, and discuss how they will shape the culture of learning around the globe.
So what results did they get from these teachers? Of course interest doesn’t give any specifics nor detail about what they are doing. Does interest lead to action? And I would say it is today’s education, not the education of tomorrow.
What information is the infographic giving us?
  • Web-based Tools For Education – 90.9% of teachers are very interested or interested and another 8.1% are somewhat interested this. Only 1% are not interested or only might be interested.
  • Online Educational Resources – 94.1% teachers are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, only 1% not interested or might be interested
  • Digital Literacy – 95% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 4% might be interested, 1% not interested. This is the field I am the most interested in and one that many of those working in school libraries have been most involved in.
  • Personal Learning Networks – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 3% might be interested, 1% not interested. This would be an area that i would like some further discussion about. Are the teachers building their PLNs and/or  are they educating their students about how to best utilize these opportunities for educational purposes.
  • Blended Learning – 96.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2.1% might be interested, 1% not interested.
  • Social Media In Education – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 2% not interested. An area that seems to be in constant change with many new things being developed all the time.
  • E-Moderation – 91.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 1% might be interested and 6.9% not interested. I need to better understand this area and have only read a few pieces about it.
  • Mobile Learning – 91% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 7% not interested. further discussion about what individuals and their schools are doing about m-learning opportunities and if they are going down the BYOD pathway would be an interesting follow-up.
  • Digital Games In Education – 85.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 9.9% might be interested and 4% not interested.
  • Interactive Whiteboards – Although overall 81.3% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested there does seem to be a move away from this form of technology as 27.7 only might be interested, 12.9% might be interested and 15.8% not interested.

I am often looking at research or data collected about technology uses in schools or educational fields. Most of the things I find are from the US or to a lesser extent UK or Europe. China has increasing the links between our two countries. Why are Australian teachers not being surveyed? Who in Australia is trying to gather this type of information? If someone is collecting data, why are we not seeing it shared? 

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Top 10 Educational Trends,
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What species of book reader are you?

I came across this via my pinterest account. I loved the humourous way it defined readers.

It is great fun, as well as being quite a detailed  infographic.  The creator has described and classified different reader species. They range from readers who preserve books so carefully they seem almost untouched or the compulsive book buyers to those who really hate reading. As you go through you will probably see yourself, your family and your friends.  I found that I fitted a few different species types but is all the more fun.

I am thinks that maybe I could do something with our students with a digital survey of wuestions that help pinpoint their own species here.

Please include attribution to Laura E. Kelly with this graphic. (Click to view at original large size.)
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